How to develop Spiritual Powers
Where are the Powers? They exist, they are used, but only in combination with each other, in particular order, dependent on the situation and ability of the practitioner. Spiritual development will always bring powers as a side effect, never the main focus. The listing of powers or siddhis, as found in Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras are useful in that they remind one of what is possible, and there are other ways of solving a problem, not the pursuit of the powers in themselves. To me, the incredible changes that manifest in myself, my colleagues, students, and others around me, and the environment, which can be locally, global, or in other dimensions are the real powers, and not the facile finding love or treasure, or control over others. Similarly, the ‘powers’ ascribed to various Spirits such as the Goetia are invariably wrong. Fortunately, the real powers of the Spirits will become manifest during the process of healing and releasing the Spirits from the hell-hole others have created in their pursuit of instant gratification. In short, there are no rituals, no methods of exhorting Spirits to perform for the magician. If the magician succeeds, he will find a pale shadow of the reality of that Spirit, in the same way locals will put on a show for anthropologists to keep them happy, while maintaining the real secrets hidden away. In short, if you have not prepared yourself properly, have not received proper training, and you have not reached the standards required, you will not get those powers. Furthermore, the ability to use those powers is bestowed by Spirits, not by man; a veritable chicken and egg situation. Having said that, it is the work of the Punditt to find and train people capable of attaining these incredibly high levels of spiritual development for the good of not only this world, this Earth, but to Worlds Beyond.
To develop powers requires the paradox that anyone who desires powers is excluded from them… If only the same could be done to politicians. Powers are conferred, based upon competence, devotion, spirituality, and experience of the aspirant, along with other checks and balances. Spirits confer the Powers, sometimes in concert with Sufis and Punditts, who may or may not be aware that this process is going on. There are some interesting consequences that are worth commenting upon. The aspirant who receives these Powers may not in fact be aware that they have them! It is not until the aspirant works on spirituality, in particular helping people spiritually that the powers will manifest, and then it will not be obvious, as authors such as Patanjali are merely codifiers of the types of powers, not necessarily the order that they appear. To have Powers is to be in a profound Spiritual state where one can work with Spirits and other spiritual workers to cause change. It follows that there are levels of Powers, and that these Powers may not work all the time, depending upon the state of consciousness one is in at the moment. As Maharishi pointed out; ‘Knowledge is structured in consciousness’.
Anything that can be bestowed can also be removed, particularly when it is misused. Actually, this ultimate sanction is not required as much as you might think, because when Powers are used with the wrong intention the karmic consequences are awesome. Much of what we see in the news is a consequence of misuse of Powers. Sometimes it is better to get the miscreant to correct the errors/mistakes or abuses. Very early in my training, I realise that I had to do my own work. When I mentioned this to Punditt, he immediately said that he would correct any mistakes I made. From that day on, his work load increased immeasurably. Despite what Gurus say, it is very easy to make mistakes at high levels of consciousness working with Powers, so there always has to be some tolerance and flexibility to accommodate and fix those errors.
Since working with the Powers in Consciousness is at a level beyond time and space, much of the work can appear to be sorting out a jumble of anachronisms and misplacements. Fortunately, this is where the Spirits come in, as they point out areas that need work on. Passion, anger, or fears for example are emotions that have to be left out when performing spiritual work. There has to be a level of disinterest, of dispassion before, during and after the work. For example, it is pointless trying to work out the outcome, because this result that may not coincide the Greater Plan, whatever that is, and one’s own ego can get in the way.